Western Legends Film Series: 'True Grit' With Introduction by Kim Darby

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A special treat awaits Allen Public Library patrons attending this month’s Western Legends series. Actress Kim Darby, known most for her role as Mattie Ross in the original True Grit, will introduce our showing of the classic film via Skype.

At age 21, Darby caught the attention of producer Hal Wallis in an episode of Run for Your Life (1965), and he offered her the coveted role of Mattie Ross, opposite John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn, in True Grit (1969). This classic western earned John Wayne his only Oscar and made Kim Darby a star.

Western Legends screenings:
• September 6 - The Magnificent Seven (1960, PG) Starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and James Coburn. An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.
• September 13 - Ride the High Country (1962, PG) Starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and James Drury. An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. What he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.
• September 20 - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962, PG) Starring John Wayne, Vera Miles and James Stewart. This is a masterpiece from director John Ford. A senator who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.
• September 27 - True Grit (1969, PG) Starring Kim Darby, John Wayne and Glen Campbell. A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

All films are free and begin at 7 p.m.
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